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Ada Vita

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1924-2022
Founder of AVIS South Tyrol, volunteer nurse (CRI).

Artist
Ciro Saetti

Place
Petrarca park, Bozen

Bio



Ada Vita passed away on November 21, 2022, in her apartment on Via Fiume in Bolzano, where she had lived since 1932 when her parents moved from Milan. At 98, she knew that death could come at any moment. She had already written her obituary. It read, "Love, comfort, work and save. Today I leave this world to happily join my family members. Sister Ada Vita." These words say everything about Ada. "Sister": because she was a Red Cross (CRI) nurse. "Love, comfort, work and save": her creed, the motto of the Red Cross sisters. Ada risked her life in Lebanon, went to help in Friuli, Irpina, Stava, and the regions devastated by earthquakes and floods. Ada Vita is an important piece of Bolzano's second-twentieth-century history. When she was 17, she kept a diary of the city in wartime from '42 to '45. When the war ended, she resumed her studies and graduated in Pedagogy. In the 1950s she was among the founders of Avis, the blood donor association. In 1959 she became a Red Cross volunteer nurse. She witnessed several war theatres and the Friuli and Irpinia earthquakes. In 1982 she was in Beirut with the peace mission to protect the Palestinians with the post of First Group Leader of the II.VV of the Italian contingent. From 1998 to 2002 she was vice president of the CRI South Tyrol Provincial Committee.




Ada Vita died suddenly on November 21, 2022, a Monday, in her apartment on Via Fiume in Bolzano, where she had lived since 1932 when her parents moved from Milan. At 98, she knew that death could come at any moment. She had already written her obituary. It read, "Love, comfort, work and save. Today I leave this world to happily join my family members. Sister Ada Vita." These words say everything about Ada. "Sister": because she was a Red Cross nurse. "Love, comfort, work, and save": her credo, the motto of the Red Cross sisters. Ada risked her life in Lebanon, went to Friuli, Irpina, Stava, and regions devastated by floods. "Happily joining my family members," the memory of a happy childhood cherished for decades in the house on via Fiume. Ada Vita is an important piece of Bolzano's second-twentieth-century history. When she was 17, she kept a diary of the city in wartime from '42 to '45 (published in 2007 in a volume entitled "My 'secret' war diary"). She described hardship, fear, hunger, the arrival of the Germans on September 8, and then that of the Americans on May 5, 1945. When the war ended, she resumed her studies and graduated in Pedagogy with the goal of realizing herself outside the stereotype of a devoted mother and wife. In the 1950s she was among the founders of Avis, the blood donor association. She was in charge of checking bottles, refrigeration cells and plasma storage. At the time, blood was drawn in an artisanal way. In 1959 she became "Sister Ada," a Red Cross (CRI) volunteer nurse, and in 1968 an inspector of the provincial and then the regional CRI. From 1998 to 2002 she was also vice president of the provincial committee of the South Tyrol CRI. To the "Red," she devoted her entire life unsparingly: forty years of service, and the rest sorting out archives and papers. As a volunteer nurse, she witnessed several war theatres, such as the one in Lebanon, and the earthquakes in Friuli and Irpinia. In 1982 she was in Beirut with the peacekeeping mission to protect the Palestinians with the assignment of First Group Leader of the II.VV of the Italian contingent. She was at the side of Paolo Nespoli, the astronaut who was then a sergeant major for paratroopers. One of the most painful memories that never left her was the 1985 Stava tragedy.

     

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